and other exotic locations with Arte Umbria

Prague at Christmas, 29th November for seven days

29 November 2017

In conjunction with Arte Umbria, a Masterclass in Watercolours, with KELLY MEDFORD

Imagine the towers and turrets of Bohemian architecture, peeking through the crispness of winter mists, possibly with a sprinkling of snow; add the twinkling lights of the legendary Christmas markets and Prague has more vibrancy, atmosphere and magic than you can dream of! Now imagine yourself there, paint brush in hand, bringing your own artistic vision of the scene to life on the paper.

Here is the second thrilling addition to our Arte Umbria courses where we are collaborating with Painting in Europe. Kelly is a superb tutor, kind, inspiring and fun and she knows Prague really well. She is perfect to teach in this most beautiful of locations and show you the sights. Please have a look at her website

What the course will offer

There will be 7 days of painting and sketching with Kelly around different locations in Prague, exploring the bohemian architecture and culture at Christmas. There will be lots of demonstrations by Kelly and one-to-one tuition. You are welcome to jump in and out of painting, or you can take advantage of sightseeing and wander all the wonderful Christmas markets, food and drink stalls at your leisure. During the day we will be exploring, quick-sketching, taking photographs, breaking for delicious coffee, cakes and mulled wine. Afterwards we have the use of a studio to go and paint at our leisure before returning home to our apartments and then gathering in the evening to head out to dinner, sampling some of the local festive delicacies on the way. (We have a computer and printer with us for anyone who needs to print out photographs from which to work.)

During your stay treat yourself to some Bohemian glass or some exquisite Christmas decorations. Like our other excursions away from our Umbrian home, Prague is perfect if you want to come with a non-painting partner as there is so much for them to see and do whilst you are out and about painting and they can join you with a big discount. Prague is home to a number of famous cultural attractions, many of which survived the depredations of the 20th-century. Main attractions include the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square with the Prague astronomical clock, the Jewish Quarter, Petrín hill and Vyšehrad. Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

During the thousand years of its existence, the city grew from a settlement stretching from Prague Castle in the north to the fort of Vyšehrad in the south, becoming the multicultural capital of a modern European state, the Czech Republic.

We offer all the pleasure, quality tutoring and congenial company you’ve come to expect from Arte Umbria but this time it will be in an exciting bohemian location with all the festive flavours of Christmas too! As ever places are limited so early booking is advised.


We are happy to offer two large five-bedroom, three-bathroom, two-kitchen, and two-living room split-level penthouse apartments which have been designed with five double bedrooms.

The building is located just about 50 steps from Old Town Square on Kozna Street. It features two sizeable living rooms with five bedrooms (all with double beds), two fully equipped open plan kitchens with dining areas, three bathrooms fitted with showers, toilets and bidets, custom made wardrobes and walk-in closets, parquet and stone floors, designer furniture, and top quality finishings.

The apartments have a lift. Amenities include satellite TV, DVD - Home Cinema, Wi-Fi Internet, washer, dishwasher, and microwave oven. The apartment is quiet despite the central location of the building. Weekly cleaning, full linen and towels included.

We will be going out for breakfast each morning to a local café for some fresh coffee and local culinary delights.


Included in the price is a collection and return in a stylish stretch limo from Prague Airport - Václav Havel Airport. Look forward to a professional driver, limousine bar and free delivery to your apartment.! The luxurious stretch limousine, the Lincoln 120, offers the highest possible comfort, safety and elegance for up to 8 people and a driver. The car is luxuriously equipped, part of this equipment being a luxurious light coloured leather J shaped seat in combination with black ceiling, bar and carpets, 3 LCD TVs, DVD, automatic digital air-conditioning, neon lit bar and the ceiling is lit by fibre-optic lights. There are five doors to comfortably get into the car.  

Prague Sites

The Old and New Town
These are some of the many lovely places to visit in the Old Town:
Old Town (Staré Mesto) and Josefov
  • The Astronomical Clock (Orloj) on Old Town City Hall
  • The Gothic Church of Our Lady before Týn (Kostel Matky Boží pred Týnem) from the 14th century with 80 metre-high towers
  • The vaulted Gothic Old New Synagogue (Staronová Synagoga) of 1270
  • Old Jewish Cemetery
  • Powder Tower (Prašná brána), a Gothic tower of the old city gates
  • Spanish Synagogue with its beautiful interior
  • Old Town Square (Staromestské námestí) with Gothic and Baroque architectural styles
  • The Municipal House, a major civic landmark and concert hall known for its Art Nouveau architectural style and political history in the Czech Republic.
  • Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, with its extensive collections including glass, furniture, textile, toys, Art Nouveau, Cubism and Art Deco
  • Clam-Gallas Palace, a Baroque palace from 1713

and in the New Town:
New Town (Nové Mesto)

  • Busy and historic Wenceslas Square
  • The Neo-Renaissance National Museum with large scientific and historical collections
  • The National Theatre, a Neo-Renaissance building with golden roof, alongside the banks of the Vltava River
  • The Deconstructivist Dancing House (Fred and Ginger Building)
  • Charles Square, the largest medieval square in Europe (now turned into a park)
  • The Emmaus monastery and WW Memorial "Prague to Its Victorious Sons" at Palacky Square (Palackého námestí)
  • The museum of the Heydrich assassination in the crypt of the Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius
  • Stiassny's Jubilee Synagogue is the largest in Prague
  • The Mucha Museum, showcasing the Art Nouveau works of Alphonse Mucha

....and of course travel across the famous Charles Bridge.

Kelly Medford

Date: November 29th 2017

Place: Prague

Artist: Kelly Medford

Duration: 7 day course

Master Class in Watercolour at Christmas

Beginners to experienced artists welcomed.


The totally inclusive price for the week (without airfare or travel insurance) is £1595. This includes all your accommodation, breakfast, 7 dinners with wine and use of all painting equipment. Lunch out is at your own expense for this week, as you could be painting anywhere in the city.

Non-painting partners, sharing a double bedroom are welcomed at the very special price of £895.

Single guests are welcome at no extra charge and there is no single person supplement.

The only thing we do not include are your flights and travel and health insurance. EasyJet fly into Václav Havel Airport which is the most convenient airport to fly into and where we collect you and take you to the apartments.

We can arrange trips for you and private tours at an extra cost and there is the opportunity to visit the National Opera house to see the ballet. ‘The Nutcracker’ is very festive to see.

If you would like to go to the ballet, please tick the box on the booking form and we will contact you.


We recommend you bring your own watercolours and favourite brushes or any special colours. We will provide easels, chairs, boards, paper, palettes and some back up artists quality watercolour paints and brushes. We will have some canvas and some oil paints if you wish to try oil painting.


“If European cities were a necklace, Prague would be a diamond among the pearls.”

‘"The ancient splendour and beauty of Prague, a city beyond compare, left an impression on my imagination that will never fade."
Richard Wagner

Click here to download a booking form for our 2017 courses

 Booking form

Gallery of Photographs

Here are a few more photographs of the hotel and Prague, please click on any thumbnail to see a larger picture